Medically supervised detox from benzodiazepines can prevent severe symptoms from derailing your recovery.
Benzos, a nickname for benzodiazepines, are commonly prescribed for panic disorders, anxiety disorders and seizure disorders. Benzodiazepines can become addictive when used over long periods, at higher levels than prescribed or without a prescription. Some commonly used drugs that fall into the benzodiazepine category include Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan and Valium.
When people misuse benzodiazepines, they can develop a physical dependence, which leads to withdrawal symptoms when use stops. The following symptoms are common in benzodiazepine withdrawal:
- Sleep problems
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- Irritability and restlessness
- Concentration and memory problems
- Nausea and vomiting
- Heart palpitations
- Headaches, including migraines
- Pain and stiffness
Withdrawal symptoms are typically more severe when benzodiazepines have been used over a long period, in high dosages or alongside other drugs or alcohol. The body can build up a tolerance to benzodiazepines so that the body feels like it is going through withdrawal even when a person takes a standard dosage of benzodiazepines.
Having access to medical professionals during benzodiazepine detox can help your recovery.
While benzodiazepines are physically addictive, psychological dependence is also a significant factor for many people. When you use benzodiazepines to treat anxiety or even a seizure disorder, it is natural to fear the return of your symptoms when you stop using the drug. It is also common to relapse and use the drug again because of the panic and anxiety most people feel as the drugs leave their systems. These circumstances make benzodiazepine detox difficult without help.
Besides the more common withdrawal symptoms, some individuals can experience severe and dangerous symptoms including seizures, hallucinations and psychosis with benzodiazepine detox. Medical supervision to monitor withdrawal symptoms can keep you safe if you experience severe symptoms and can even be life-saving in some situations.
Why Medical Detox From Benzos Is Important
Another advantage of medical benzodiazepine detox is that professionals can manage symptoms and make the process less uncomfortable. Tapering is one way to detox gradually, so that withdrawal symptoms are milder. Drugs like buspirone and flumazenil can even help improve anxiety or block GABA receptors to make the body think it is still receiving the drug while it leaves your system.
While life-threatening complications of benzodiazepine withdrawal are not common, it is impossible to tell whether your symptoms will be severe until they happen. It is much safer to have support and help if and when you need it. Medical detox as part of a comprehensive benzodiazepine addiction treatment program can also give you clarity of mind that will help you make better progress in your recovery efforts.
For more information about medical detox from benzodiazepines, contact The Recovery Village Palmer Lake today.